Hn.Eng. Vocab Week 2

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accost

(v) to confront boldly; to approach especially with a question, greeting, or remark (usually neg. connotation)

animadversion

(n) an unfavorable or censorious comment; strong criticism

avid

(adj) enthusiastic; ardent; dedicated; keen

brackish

(adj) having a briny or salty flavor; distasteful; unpleasant

celerity

(n) swiftness; speed; alacrity

devious

(adj) wandering from a direct course; vagrant; cunning, crafty, or sly

gambit

(n) in chess, it can be an opening in which a player seeks to obtain some advantage by sacrificing a piece; a ploy, stratagem, scheme, or ruse

halcyon

(adj) calm, peaceful, tranquil; prosperous, golden, rich; (n) a fabled bird identified with the kingfisher that could calm the wind and the waves

histrionic

(adj) overly dramatic in behavior or speech; melodramatic; theatrical

incendiary

(adj) capable of causing fire or involving arson; (n) an arsonist or instigator of fires or riots

maelstrom

(n) a large, powerful whirlpool; a violent or turbulent situation resembling a whirlpool

myopic

(adj) unable or unwilling to act prudently; shortsighted; nearsighted

overt

(adj) open to view or knowledge; not concealed; public

pejorative

(adj) having a disparaging, derogatory, or belittling effect or force

propriety

(n) conformity to established standards of good or proper bahvior or manners

sacrilege

(n) the violation, profanation, theft, or misuse of anything sacred

summarily

(adv) in a prompt or direct manner; abruptly; promptly

suppliant

(n) a petitioner or one who asks humbly and earnestly; (adj) asking humbly or earnestly

talisman

(n) an amulet or charm believed to possess magic powers

undulate

(v) to move in a wavelike motion; to cause to move in waves; ripple; fluctuate

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